Reservations for the annual DFW Restaurant Week are now open. The hottest restaurants in the city will offer discounts on their brunches, lunches, and dinners for the next month.
While some of the most popular restaurants, like Al Biernat’s, Billy Can Can, Don Artemio, Fachini, Harper’s, Joe Leo, La Stella Cucina, Nobu, Nonna, Rye, Sloane’s Corner, Wits Steakhouse, will likely sell out first, there is a lot to explore at the foodie fundraiser.
Now in its 25th year, the event is raising money for metroplex charities: 20% of each meal is donated to a North Texas charity, with nearly $11 million given in the last 25 years. Dallas restaurants donate their funds to the North Texas Food Bank, and Fort Worth donates its funds to the Lena Pope Home, a non-profit that helps single mothers and children in need.
Initially started by local broadcaster, food, and wine lover Jim White, this year is especially memorable as White passed away last month.
This year, there will be a new feature with meals ranging from $24 to $99. Three-course dinners are priced at either $39 or $49. A “signature experience” for $99 will be available that includes various options but can consist of cocktails, sitting at the chefs’ table, or meals with more than three courses.
Lunches and a weekend brunch with two courses are priced at $29. To-go may be available depending on the restaurant, and cocktails, wine, and beer are available for purchase at an additional price.
Reservations are required for two- and three-course lunches, brunches, and dinners.
DFW Restaurant Week is more than a week; it is actually a month. Participating restaurants can pick which meal they want to feature — lunch, dinner, or brunch — and include their most popular dishes. The preview weekend for the special event is August 4-7, and the official start is August 8.
The restaurants can offer specials through September 4, although it is not mandatory. 2022 will be the first year DFW Restaurant Week will look similar to the pre-pandemic event. In 2019, over 100 restaurants participated. In subsequent years, DFW Restaurant Week went on with fewer restaurants, to-go options, and social distancing precautions.